Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 3:30pm-5:00pm Vallee-299

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Health
Session Code: SoHe4
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: This session welcomes papers about experiences of working in paid employment while living with chronic illness. Acceptable papers will contribute towards the development of a theoretical understanding of this topic that is grounded in lived experiences. Particularly welcome are papers that focus on ways that gender conditions the ability to seamlessly combine chronic illness with employment, although other social locations could also be problematized. For example: how does visible minority status affect the ability to combine chronic illness with employment; how does social location condition the likelihood that someone will remain quiet about their illness and how it affects them; to what extent is there evidence that people with a privileged social location who are also living with chronic illness are more likely to find it easy to engage in paid employment. Other issues that papers could focus on include, for example, an examination of the experience of attempting to gain access to accommodations and how that varies according to social location; an examination of relations with co-workers and how that affects the employment experience; etc.

Session Organizer: Sharon-Dale Stone, Lakehead University, Sociology,

Chair: Sharon-Dale Stone


1.     Sally Lindsay, Athena Goodfellow, Bonnie Kirsh, Mary Kita, Donna Lero

Disability and work: A review of best practices to improve the under-utilized talent of people with disabilities in the Canadian labour market

2.     Tiffany Boulton   

 Negotiating In/Visible Chronic Illness in the Workplace: Experiences of People with Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) in Canada and the UK

3.     Lichun Liu, Susan McDaniel, Germain Boco 

Paid Employment and Its Impact on Health Practices among Canadian Older Adults

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